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PA House Passes Cigarette Tax to Fund Philadelphia Schools (video)
Jul 3, 2014 | News
PA House Passes Cigarette Tax to Fund Philadelphia Schools (video)

On July 2, the PA House voted 119-80 to pass a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to fund the school district. State Representative Cherelle Parker issued a video with the Philadelphia delegation to discuss the bipartisan cooperation.

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The recurring annual tax will tack $2.00 onto every pack of cigarettes sold and is expected to yield $45 million for the school district in 2014. While this is a desperately needed infusion of cash, tens of millions are still needed for the district to open in September with just the inadequate services we saw in 2013-14. Nonetheless, the bipartisan vote is being lauded as a breakthrough in progress.

State Representative Cherelle Parker, along with the Philadelphia delegation and Mayor Nutter, gathered after the vote to acknowledge the collaboration that made it possible. A video of the discussion is available on our homepage (right-side column, below "Follow Us on Facebook") and at www.pahouse.com/parker.

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